BEBE 2014

SONY DSCMore BEBE 2014!  We had a lot of fun with our first selection, “Deadheads“. Sure it was a little to “Scooby Doo”, but it was also laugh-out-loud funny in places that it actually wanted to be, and that’s always good news.

Our second selection is “Zombie Cheerleading Camp” and it’s… not looking good so far. The movie started with an extended still-screen, comic-book montage explaining how nazis made zombie squirrels and Americans buried the formula in the woods. Or something. From IMDB:

“Its Brains, B-R-A-I-N-S and pass the pom poms as Horror ensues when a camp full of air headed cheerleaders face a contagious Zombie Virus.”

Wish us luck on this one, folks!

We decided to try something new this year and… it didn’t go all that well. We dyed some marshmallows using the egg spinner and used the cake decorations left over from the cookies to zombie them up. We probably won’t try this again, but if you’d like to learn from our mistakes:

  • The dye didn’t work that well. I think it reacted with the sugar and just made everything look brown. Perhaps brushing it on would work better?
  • A snip or two with a pair of scissors can make some pretty convincing looking mouths and head wounds.
  • We tried using some cereal as eyes (glued on with frosting) and they were… okay. You may want to try something different.
  • Food coloring will end up much darker than you might expect.

We could probably improve our technique and eventually come up with something workable. The real problem is that after you spend all that time and effort you just won’t want to eat these. Even the shorties turned their sugar-hungry noses up at them. The dye gives them a terrible texture and an odd taste and they seem to stale almost immediately. We’re probably going to be sticking with cookies from now on.

BEBE Baskets!The baskets were big hits even if they were a little light this year. There was plenty of Platter’s Chocolate; the very best kind of chocolate. It doesn’t matter where we live or how much it costs: Platter’s is worth it. My only complaint is that they haven’t (yet) embraced the zombie movement so we’re forced to deal with cute bunnies, but once you gnaw on them a while they fit in just fine.

My (twelve year old) daughter insisted on finding eggs, so we begrudgingly obliged and hid them. My 15 year old son did not insist on finding his eggs, but since his sister hid them without being asked, he kind of had to.
Basket haul!We raided the zombie aisle and have quite a few things to try out and review. Everybody got a “Keep Calm and Kill Zombies” t-shirt and a collection of zombie rubber ducks. There are a couple of new video games, Dead Island and ZombieU, mostly for the men-folk. Neither were reportedly very good, but they were bargain binners, so who cares? We also got a new tabletop game to try out: Zombies!!!. It’s a long one (over two hours to play) and looks pretty complicated, so we’ll probably save that for another day.

Lots to watch and do and play and eat and eat some more!

BEBE Logo_TransToBlackWe’re kicking off Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters 2014 (tag: BEBE 2014)!  We got a bit of a late start, but we’re fine with that. One of the benefits of creating your own holiday is that there’s no reason to get up early for it. There’s no rush.

The kids have sullenly raided their baskets and are sitting on the couch like lumps. Teenagers.

We’re starting off the movies with something light: “Deadheads“. Sounds like it could be fun. From IMDB:

“Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one’s lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda.”

We’ll be posting activities and mini-reviews throughout the day.  As usual, we”ll do full-length reviews of everything in the coming weeks, but for today, posts will be short and pithy so we can get back to the fun.

Cookies!More Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters 2014 preparation with our traditional crafty zombie cookies!

You can see the 2013 versions for instructions, but they’re not that complicated: Bake some cookies, frost them green then let the kids go wild with the decorating.

To last year’s collection of frosting, cake pens and candy we added some additional candy and white sugar beads. We thought they might work for exposed bone. They ended up looking more like overactive acne, but hey, experimentation is the spice of life!

As always, eat them before they eat you!

Crafty Zombie EyeballsAs we approach Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters 2014 we’ll be presenting some fun (and delicious) ways to celebrate.  First we have something that, admittedily, the kids might turn their noses up at, but growed-up zombiphiles should love: Deviled Egg Zombie Eyeballs!

You’ll need:

  • Hard-boiled eggs.
  • Olives.
  • Pimentos (these might have come in the olives).
  • Green food coloring.
  • Mayonnaise,
  • White Vinegar.
  • Brown mustard.

If you want an exact recipe for deviled eggs, this isn’t it. Slice your eggs in half, lengthwise. Put the yolks in a mixing bowl and set the whites aside. Smoosh up the egg yolks, mayonnaise, a little brown mustard and a splash of white vinegar into a paste to suit your taste. Add green coloring to… make it green.

Spoon the mixture into the egg whites. Top with a sliced olive pupil and a pimento highlight. We used a food pen for the bloodshotting, but you can also use some slightly thinned Tobasco sauce depending on your audience.

Chill in the fridge and then slurp them down!

It really snuck up on us, but Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters is only a week away! April 20th! My lovely bride and I are rushed, but are still planning to make BEBE 2014, our fifth year, a great day!

If you have suggestions for movies, games or activities, please let us know in the comments!

Well probably be doing another batch of zombie cookies and there’s already been a request to have another go at an undead bunny cake. Of course there’ll be plenty of boiled eggsmovies and games also on the menu!

We hope that you and your family will join us!